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Archived Front Pages


The History Files has been online since the beginning of 1999 (although its pre-web origins go back to 1982).

1999-2002: In the early days changes to the front page were intermittent, while most of the work effort was being directed towards building the king lists. Lacking any real differences, these earlier pages are not particularly exciting to look at.

2003-2007: From 2002 regular changes began to be made to the new list of latest developments. Initially this list was placed at the foot of the page, but in November 2003 the front page was re-styled and the list was moved to the sidebar, beginning a style that remained in use for some years.

2007-2012: With the beginning of a large-scale overhaul of the entire site from the start of 2007 (something which continues into the present day as various developments in mobile browsing make increasing demands on page styling), and the advent of 'banner features', things became very different. Since then, there have been several new banner features per year - sometimes as many as two a month in 2007! - and the archives filled out as a result.

Look out for the beginnings of the 'sharing' toolbar at the foot of each page. It's certainly evolved since its first appearance on 04.03.2007!

2012-2017: This front page style was established at the end of 2012 (with the last new banner feature of that year), and continued in use until the end of 2017 with only minor changes. It proved very easy to edit - vital with a site so big and with such frequent updates.

2018-Present: The latest front page style is less of a revolution and more of an evolution. With the previous version having proved to be so amenable to updating, the same basic function was retained, but with some improvements in the way the most prominent links were displayed. A responsive display was introduced from the start of 2019.

Archives

Archived front pages are indexed by year and date. Click on the link for a particular date and the page will open in a new window or tab. Unfortunately there are some gaps in the archives, noticeably for 2005 where front pages are completely unavailable. For much of that year the style used in 2004 was maintained, until it was replaced with a new style late in the year which was maintained throughout 2006.

Notes

Please note that some links on older pages may no longer be valid.

Some browsers may not display some older pages correctly, and some mobile platforms especially may have difficulty in rendering older pages properly (pre-2019). Mozilla Firefox seems to be the ideal method of viewing archived front pages, but even this may not render them exactly how they originally appeared.

Mobile users may see a white bar at the foot of the archive table instead of grey horizontal scroll bars. You can still use this white bar to scroll to the right and then return to the left.

Responsive web design was introduced at the start of 2019 (dates are shown below with a  dark grey backing in place of the former light grey). A legacy frontpage was also introduced for older browsers which cannot cope with the latest html standards.

 

Key to dates:
28 Feb - legacy frontpage
01 Jan - Castles index
01 Jan - Churches index
01 Jan - Railway Walks index

 

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2012

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2009

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2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

                                             

01 Jan
01 Jan
01 Jan
01 Jan

24 Dec
12 Nov
02 Oct
31 Jul
05 Jun
24 Apr
28 Feb
28 Feb
01 Feb
01 Feb
01 Jan
01 Jan
01 Jan
01 Jan

22 Dec
22 Dec
01 Dec
01 Dec
01 Nov
01 Nov
06 Sep
06 Sep
02 Aug
16 Jul
31 May
31 May
22 Mar
22 Mar
15 Feb

23 Dec
30 Sep
05 Aug
25 May
16 Feb
03 Jan

22 Dec
10 Nov
15 Sep
21 Jul
14 Apr
03 Feb

24 Dec
18 Nov
14 Oct
07 Aug
20 May
06 May
12 Mar
01 Jan

17 Oct
05 Jun
06 Mar

30 Dec
27 Jul
23 May
10 Jan

03 Nov
29 Sep
07 Jun
30 Mar
04 Mar
02 Feb
01 Jan

25 Dec
01 Dec
28 Oct
29 Sep
01 Sep
29 Jul
01 Jul
03 Jun
28 Apr
01 Apr
04 Mar
29 Jan
02 Jan

03 Dec
02 Oct
29 Aug
30 Jul
02 Jul
27 May
30 Apr
27 Mar
27 Feb
29 Jan
02 Jan

04 Dec
31 Oct
03 Oct
01 Sep
01 Aug
26 Jun
30 May
01 May
04 Apr
28 Feb
31 Jan
02 Jan

01 Nov
04 Oct
01 Sep
02 Aug
04 Jul
01 Jun
03 May
29 Mar
01 Mar
01 Feb
01 Jan

29 Nov
01 Nov
27 Sep
30 Aug
02 Aug
28 Jun
31 May
27 Apr
04 Apr
02 Mar
09 Feb
17 Jan
06 Jan

16 Dec
17 Nov
07 Oct
08 Sep
26 Aug
12 Aug
21 Jul
08 Jul
01 Jul
17 Jun
10 Jun
03 Jun
27 May
25 May
18 May
09 May
05 May
12 Apr
04 Mar
26 Feb
05 Jan

31 Dec
21 Oct
24 Sep
17 Jul
15 Jun
26 May
06 Mar
13 Feb

N/A*

09 Dec
11 Jun
24 Jan

20 Nov
02 Oct
10 Aug
04 Jun
04 Apr
07 Feb
24 Jan

16 Dec
03 Oct
02 Jun
11 Apr
13 Mar

03 Jun

01 Nov
22 Jun

01 Apr

                                             

* No front pages from 2005 (or much of 2004) are available. If you have access to any of these then please get in touch.

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